Photographic Materials: Identification, Care, Storage

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September 23-24, 2019

A two-day masterclass with Sandra M. Petrillo

held at the KNIR in Rome

Do you have an interest in the preservation of photographic materials and photograph collections?

If so, don’t miss this two-day masterclass course held by expert photograph conservator Sandra M. Petrillo. It offers an in-depth introduction to the preservation of 19th and 20th-century photographic materials, focusing on their identification, care, handling, and storage.

Masterclass outline

Participants will have the opportunity to examine several types of photographs selected from the reference collection of SMP International Conservation Studio and they will learn about historic photographic processes, photographic prints, cased photographs, as well as the techniques for producing negatives in various different formats.

The masterclass will identify their distinguishing characteristics and will analyze the preservation issues associated with them, in addition to appropriate solutions and environmental guidelines for storage and display.

After addressing these technical issues, the course will present a number of case studies regarding the conservation and restoration of damaged photographic materials.

Sandra M. Petrillo

Sandra M. Petrillo SMPSandra M. Petrillo was awarded an MA in Art History from the University of Rome and she obtained an MA in Art Conservation, with a specialization in Photography, from the Institut National du Patrimoine of Paris. Since 1996 she has worked as a professional conservator with a private practice in France, Luxembourg and the USA. In 2010 she established the company SMP International Photo Conservation Studio. Based in Italy, it is dedicated to the conservation and preservation of historic and fine art photographs.

From 2012 to 2015 she was the Italian partner in the European “Daguerreobase Project” with a leading role as a content provider, in addition to functions of networking, publicizing the project, and editing the online publication “Daguerreotype Journal”.

She currently works as a teacher of Photography Conservation at the ICRCPAL (the Central Institute for Restoration and Conservation of Archive Heritage) in Rome.

Who is the masterclass for?

This beginner to intermediate level masterclass is aimed at anyone who wishes to learn more about preserving and caring for historic photographic materials, such as curators, collection managers, cataloguers, conservators, archivists, and collectors.

More info:

The masterclass will consist of a combination of formal presentations and hands-on sessions using the reference collection of SMP Studio.


Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome

Via Omero 10-12

00197 Roma

Tel. +39 06 32 69 621

Masterclass dates and times: 23-24 September, 2019: 10am-1pm / 2pm-5pm

Language: English/Italian

Fee: € 380,00 VAT included

The fee includes pdf files with information regarding all of the issues covered during the course and two lunches at the Archbar, in via Antonio Gramsci, 37 00197 Rome

Deadline for registration: 9 September 2019


€ 380,00 VAT included


Sandra M. Petrillo

Mob: +39 339 253 5384


Do you need to arrange accommodation in Rome? 

Please let us know what kind of accommodation you require. We will be happy to send you a list of appropriate B+Bs and hotels located near the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome.

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